What is mole mapping?
Mole mapping is the process of using high-resolution, full body, digital photography to detect changes in a patient’s moles over time.
Why have mole mapping performed?
Mole mapping is considered the gold standard for the early detection of melanoma, which is the best way to cure and survive melanoma. You should consider mole mapping if you have
- many moles (greater than 50);
- numerous atypical moles identified by previous biopsy;
- a personal or parental history of melanoma;
- red hair; and/or
- frequently tanned in a tanning salon.
How is mole mapping performed at DTLA Derm?
Dr. Cayce, a board-certified dermatologist, performs the mole mapping procedure. You should first remove all your clothing since melanoma can occur anywhere on the body. If clothes are worn, they should be kept to a minimum. We then take photographs of your moles and dermatoscopic images of any at-risk moles, store them electronically, and provide you with a copy. These images are compared to your moles at follow up visits to detect even slight changes that may indicate skin cancer. Mole mapping should be repeated every five to seven years and is not covered by insurance.